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Explore the Archives Exhibit

The Issue

The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), established in 1862 and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, was looking for a highly interactive and graphic method to enhance the public’s interest and understanding of its vast collection of medically-significant artifacts and specimens and to promote recognition of the 150 year-old institution’s historic value and ongoing contribution to the medical community.

The Request

Mind Over Data was asked to develop an interactive kiosk and content management system for the museum’s new Explore the Archives exhibit. The system was intended to provide visitors with a fun and innovative means of examining the fascinating stories behind a few of the diverse objects collected and preserved over the years, drive home the museum’s continued relevance and allow administrative staff to maintain and extend content as needed.

The Solution

Mind Over Data created an interactive kiosk system consisting of three applications, a content management system and two touch-screen display kiosks that allow NMHM visitors to learn more about the museum. The first kiosk application, the “Collection Overview”, consists of a short video which provides information about the archives. The second kiosk application, “Exploring the Archives”, allows users to view information about one of ten artifacts. Each artifact is displayed in one of five layouts. Layout selection dictates which type(s) of media (images, video clips, animated text boxes, and static text boxes) are included and displayed on the screen. The third application, “Meet the Curators”, plays a short video from a selected curator. The system also includes a secure Content Management System, which allows museum staff to maintain display content.

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    National Museum of Health and Medicine - Collection Overview
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    National Museum of Health and Medicine - Explore the Archives
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    National Museum of Health and Medicine - Meet the Curator